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International Commercial Arbitration

Key information

Subject area:


Course type:

Executive Education

Credit level:

Not for credit


Fridays (11:30 - 15:00 BST) over 6 weeks

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

This short course equips participants with a firm grounding in the law and practice of international commercial arbitration. It is taught by a prestigious faculty of arbitration specialists including leading academics at King’s College London and some of the most well-known arbitration practitioners in the world.

The course is endorsed by the International Bar Association (IBA), CPD Accredited and supported by media partner, Transnational Dispute Management (TDM).

Classes are due to take place online every Friday from 11:30 - 15:00 (BST) over the 6-week period.

What does this course cover?

The International Commercial Arbitration course covers all the stages of arbitration proceedings from drafting agreements through to enforcement and recognition of arbitral awards around the globe.

The course adopts an international approach, looking at common concepts, rules and practices in arbitration across the globe. It is therefore useful to professionals working in any jurisdiction in the field of international commerce or dispute resolution. 

What will I achieve?

On completion, you will have complete familiarity with the practice of international commercial arbitration and the relevant laws, international treaties and rules that govern it, including:

  • How to draft an arbitration agreement.
  • How to choose the seat of arbitration.
  • How to select an arbitrator.
  • How to obtain interim relief in arbitration.
  • How to run an arbitration proceeding.
  • How to present evidence in arbitration.
  • How to challenge an arbitral award.
  • How to enforce an arbitral award and alternative means of monetary satisfaction.

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Who will I learn with?

Manuel Penades Fons

Manuel Penades Fons

Reader in International Commercial Law

Who is this for?

This short course would be suitable for professionals at an early and middle stage of their careers who would like to equip themselves with the fundamentals of international arbitration law and practice. This includes colleagues in private practice, in the public sector and in-house counsel, and students at postgraduate level.

The number of students is capped to facilitate interaction between the participants in the course.

IBA Endorsed Course

The International Bar Association (IBA) is the foremost organisation for international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies, acting as the global voice of the legal profession.

The IBA has a long-standing relationship with The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London and is very pleased to endorse the School’s new suite of Executive Education short courses. These courses will be of benefit to lawyers everywhere and the IBA welcomes the introduction of this forward-thinking new initiative at King’s.

What is the teaching schedule?

Sessions take place each Friday from 11:30-15:00 (BST)

The weekly structure is as follows:

  • 11.30-12.30: Seminar
  • 12.30-12.45: Break and introductory discussion with guest speaker
  • 12.45-13.45: Seminar delivered by a guest speaker.
  • 13.45-14.00: Break and follow up networking discussion with guest speaker
  • 14.00-15.00: Seminar

Further information

Course leader

Dr Manuel Penades is a Senior Lecturer in International Arbitration at King’s College London. Qualified as Solicitor for England and Wales, and Abogado in Spain, he is an expert in international arbitration, with regular experience across jurisdictions as arbitrator, counsel and expert witness. Before joining King’s College London, Manuel worked at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK), where he also obtained his LLM, and practised in a major arbitration firm in London. His research on arbitration has been cited by commercial courts, and he recently led the Workforce at the IBA Toolkit on the impact of Insolvency on Arbitration. View Manuel's profile

Guest Speakers

A guest practitioner features every week, allowing participants direct access to world leaders in the field, through teaching and through the allocated networking time.

Week 1: José Ricardo Feris, Squire Patton Boggs

José Feris is a partner in Squire Patton Boggs’s International Dispute Resolution Practice Group specializing in international commercial arbitration, public international law and investment arbitration. A former Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, José was described in 2019 by Who’s Who Legal as “by far one of the most prominent young figures in international arbitration.” View profile

Week 2: Ana Serra e Moura, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Ana Serra is the current Deputy Secretary General of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, which she joined in 2011. Before joining the ICC, she worked with leading arbitrator Juan Fernández-Armesto, at Armesto & Asociados in Madrid and CCA Advogados Ontier in Lisbon. View profile

Week 3: Monty Taylor, Arnold & Porter

Monty Taylor is an Australian-qualified solicitor at Arnold & Porter, London. His practice is focused on international arbitration, both investment and commercial, in a wide range of sectors (including mining, pharmaceuticals, energy, banking and finance, and shipping) under the major arbitration rules. Prior to joining the firm, Monty served as Legal Counsel to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank in Washington, and practised in the dispute resolution group of a leading international firm in Sydney. View profile.

Week 4: Sara Nadeau-Séguin, Teynier Pic

Sara Nadeau-Séguin is counsel at Teynier Pic, Paris, where she specialises in international arbitration (commercial and investment) as well as complex international litigations and mediations. Admitted to practice in Canada, England & Wales and France, she regularly acts as counsel in international arbitration, in both ad hoc and institutional proceedings. Sara also regularly advises clients in relation to pre-contentious matters, including for the negotiation and drafting of dispute resolution agreements. Before joinig Teynier Pic, Sara worked at various leading firms in London, Paris and Montréal. View profile

Week 5: Paul Tan, Clifford Chance

Paul Tan is Partner and Head of Litigation South East Asia at Cavenagh Law LLP and Clifford Chance Pte Ltd, Singapore. Paul is a commercial litigation and international arbitration (both commercial and investor state) specialist. His practice focuses on managing disputes across South East Asia, with deep experience advising on complex issues of public and private international law. View Profile

Week 6: Christian Leathley, Herbert Smith Freehills

Christian Leathley is the Head of the Latin America Group, as well as the US Head of International Arbitration, at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, New York. He specializes in international commercial and investment arbitration and has nearly 20 years' experience of working in all countries throughout Central and South America. He also sits as an arbitrator in English and Spanish language arbitrations. View profile

Attending a virtual course with The Dickson Poon School of Law

This course is delivered online and live in our virtual classroom and so participants must be available to attend all the sessions at the published times to participate. You will be supported to participate, interact and network with other professionals as you would during our on-campus courses.

Please note that all times are local to London, UK (BST). Participants based outside of the UK must ensure they can join the virtual classroom at the published course times. 

What equipment do I need?

To participate you simply need a stable internet connection and a computer or laptop with a camera and microphone. You will be sent full joining instructions for your course prior to the first session and our programme team will be available to assist with questions.

Entry requirements

Degree in Law (or another subject plus the conversion course) or Professional legal experience. English proficiency is a key requirement. The course is suitable for those who were taught in English up to degree level or use English as their working language

Course status:

Course closed

Full fee £2150

King's Alumni £1828

Terms and Conditions

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